(Update...I started this post on 10/14/14 and just saw it still in draft form...eessh)
A while back, in an effort to combat the irritation that some were experiencing, I tried out a No BS (Baking Soda) version of our deodorant with beeswax. I had read that Baking Soda can be a skin irritant, especially for those with sensitive skin. Makes sense. I also use baking soda to scour my sink, tub, and toilet. Maybe too much of a good thing is no good. Sadly, it didn't work. I would say the main reason anyone uses deodorant is to keep BO at bay and the BS Free version didn't do that. Back to the drawing board.
(Here's where I left off on 10/14, so I'll continue with that story ^ and then an update on progress to date)
A friend, Julie, and another original tester were both experiencing irritation and I felt more determined to find a solution that worked for people with sensitive skin. Likewise, I had heard from two people through this blog who had originally been interested in the No BS but, like I said, while it will keep your skin silky smooth, it won't keep the stink away, so what's the point? I decided to try a no formula with less BS. After all, less is more. And it worked! Julie tested it for me and had this to say:
"Hello. Day 4 of LBS formula...no itch or burning, little to no stink and definitely less stink than my old conventional dove antiperspirant /deodorant. I've used it for stressful and active situations. True test tomorrow is hot yoga. So far so great!"
"Going to give it two more days for two full weeks, but I'm ready to abandon all other deodorants. I had one day of mild itching, but nothing like last time, and it was one tiny spot. I've been using less swipes- one full back and forth swipe at most. I am not stinky at all! I have done workouts after work without reapplying. 😊"
BUT on days 13 and 14 she experienced itching for the first hour after application.
So I am planning to try an even lower BS formula to try with her but otherwise Low BS has been a pretty successful experiment. I relayed to Julie that I never figured I'd be using the Scientific Method so much in my life. Trial and error. And then trial again. In the meantime, I have fixed and updated our paypal buttons to reflect the products we actually offer. I was getting No BS orders and hasn't even realized that was still on the form and I added our hairspray. More on the name front soon.
Hoping to make up some labels and have this available at Naturalistic soon too!